No-Deal Brexit 'Most Likely Scenario’, Says French Foreign Minister

Paris, PTI | Updated : 04 September 2019, 12:02 AM
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Le Drian said that there will be drawbacks, that's inevitable.
    • He said fisheries is one of the issues between France and Britain.
    • His remarks came as British PM engaged in a showdown in Parliament.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday that he considered a no-deal Brexit "the most likely scenario" as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed ahead with his quest to leave the EU on October 31, with or without a divorce agreement.

"It's the most likely scenario," Le Drian told reporters in Paris when asked about the prospect of Britain crashing out of the union without a deal on the movement of goods and people in and out of the Europe.

Le Drian said "there will be drawbacks, that's inevitable", citing fisheries as one of the issues that could cause tensions between Britain and France.

But even if Britain's 46-year membership of the EU does come to an abrupt halt next month, Le Drian said: "There will have to be discussions at some point, even if only about landing airplanes and the Eurostar (cross-Channel rail service)."

He also repeated France's opposition to any further postponement of Britain's departure date, barring a game-changing event in British politics such as early elections.

His remarks came as Johnson engaged in a showdown Tuesday in Parliament with opposition MPs and Conservative Party who are trying to prevent him taking Britain out of the EU without a deal.

First Published: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 12:01 AM

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